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Volunteer Training Opportunities


The Nature Conservancy in Oregon is excited to announce our 2015 spring training guide! This year’s trainings will provide volunteers with a variety of opportunities to develop and expand leadership and naturalist skills while helping protect some of Oregon’s most remarkable places. To apply for any of the listed opportunities, please contact Molly Dougherty at or (503) 802-8100. 

Volunteer Naturalist & Hike Leader Trainings
Do you enjoy working with people and have a desire to learn more about Oregon’s natural history? If so, then we encourage you to become a volunteer naturalist! Naturalist duties include greeting visitors, answering questions and fostering compliance with visitor guidelines at our most heavily visited preserves. Volunteers patrol “their” preserves at least twice during the field season. Volunteer Naturalists are also invited to lead organized hikes for preserve visitors during the field season, but this duty is optional. We will introduce the hike leader program during the naturalist trainings.

  • Tom McCall Preserve (season April – June): Saturday, March 28
  • Camassia Natural Area (season April – June): Saturday, April 11
  • Cascade Head Preserve (season May – October): Saturday, May 9 


Crew Leader Training
Do you like working outside? Are you looking for a way to hone your leadership skills and share your appreciation for the natural world? Then this training opportunity is for you! Crew leaders provide support and leadership for work parties around the state. Volunteers commit to leading two work parties during the 2015 field season.

  • Training: Saturday, April 4 (at our Portland office)   


Ambassador Training
Share your love for The Nature Conservancy by representing us at farmer's markets, concerts and various events across the Portland area. With training, you will teach people what we do and the many ways they can get involved.

  • Training: Saturday, April 25 at 10 am (at our Portland office)

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